One knowledgeable source said Flynn's cooperation largely took place immediately following his December 2017 court appearance. The party's leadership has promised to vigorously pursue areas of investigation into Trump's finances and Trump team contacts with foreign actors, having accused the Republicans of choosing party loyalty over proper oversight the past two years.
And in a separate development, the attorneys general of the US States of Maryland and the District of Columbia have formally demanded financial records from President Trump's businesses.
December 4, 2018: Mueller recommends zero jail time for Flynn, writing in a sentencing memo that his cooperation was of great value to the Special Counsel investigation.
On Thursday, Cohen added an additional guilty plea, admitting that he lied to Congress about an ultimately unsuccessful effort to build a Trump building in Russian Federation. You mean he can do all of the awful, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term?
Image Mr Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is cooperating with the inquiry
Most notably, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, aggressively fought the investigation and is now facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence after his cooperation agreement recently fell apart over allegations that he had lied to investigators.
Minutes later, Trump lavished praise on his former campaign adviser Roger Stone. "Not at all. I am not anxious at all about him", Trump told reporters shortly before he left for the G-20 summit in Argentina.
"Nice to know that some people still have 'guts!'" he said. Trump's tweet said in part.
Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) weighed in later.
Stone said the idea that Trump's tweet amount to witness tampering is "hysterical".
"I don't think that is just filler material", Toobin said. The two sides have "serious disagreements" on issues such as strategic stability that require discussion, and while Russian Federation understands that US officials want to meet, it's unclear when, he said.
Mueller's office blamed Flynn for other senior Trump transition officials making misleading public statements about his contacts with Russian Federation, an assertion that matches the White House's explanation of Flynn's firing.
CNN reported that Cohen had originally believed Trump would pardon him for staying on message while talking with prosecutors.
Miami based columnist Grant Stern, who is expert in such cases, said that lawyers representing the State of Qatar in a federal lawsuit just exposed their royal family's links to a USA "spy ring". Corsi says he didn't knowingly mislead investigators and wasn't in contact with WikiLeaks. For any seeking a hint of what is coming up, the answer is always "We decline to comment".
The Russia investigation has dogged Trump for two years.
Trump has described Mueller's probe as a political witch hunt.
Cohen's decision to turn on his former boss was a particularly striking blow for the president.
The president accused his former confidant of fabricating stories about his Russian Federation dealings to minimise his sentence on multiple counts of tax evasion, financial fraud and campaign finance violations that he has admitted in federal court in NY.
Cohen asked a federal judge to opt against giving him jail time in a document filed Friday night.
Whether - or when - a president can be prosecuted remains a matter of legal dispute.
Republished with permission from the Associated Press.